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We were thrilled to be recognized — again — by President Obama in his speech last night accepting his party’s nomination for the presidency. (In the video above, go to approximately 35:30.) The president praised our efforts to keep our skilled and loyal work force intact throughout the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

Said Obama: “The family business in Warroad, Minn., that didn’t lay off a single one of their 4,000 employees during this recession, even when their competitors shut down dozens of plants, even when it meant the owners gave up some perks and pay – because they understood their biggest asset was the community and the workers who helped build that business. They give me hope.”

It’s actually the second time in the past year that the president has praised Marvin’s record of preserving jobs. In a speech last December, he made a very similar point. So did the New York Times, in a lengthy article about Marvin and its deep ties to the community of Warroad.

We’re delighted with all this positive attention, of course. But for us, the important thing is that we’ve preserved good jobs and kept our community from the devastation that would follow widespread layoffs. We’ve maintained our ability to serve our customers to the fullest with high-quality products and superior service.

In the long run, those are the things that count most. And when the economy turns around — as it will — we’ll once more share the bounty of good times with all the hard-working employees who have persevered through the tough patches.

One Response to “Obama on Marvin: “They Give Me Hope””

  1. Craig L. Meyer

    I am glad that you got the recognition that you deserve for this great accomplishment. When I toured your plant last year with a group of designers and architects from Florida I was very impressed with the moral fiber of the Marvin family and it’s operation. You should be proud. I continue to spec Marvin and Integrity windows because of that and also because of the quality and care you put into each one.
    All this being said, you did this on your own and not because of the government. “You Built It”
    Because he mentioned the company and it accomplishments is no reason to re-elect him to take us down the road to ruin.
    Keep up the good work.

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